Sleuths In Edgar Allan Poe

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The sleuths of both Edgar Allen Poe and Charles Conan Doyle use similar methods of reasoning to solve crimes. Their unique, paralleled personalities lend to their style of deduction and provide them with the necessary stamina to solve their cases. Having no emotional connection to the crimes they are attempting to solve, Sherlock Holmes and C. Auguste Dupin rely strictly upon their systematic approaches and diagnostic capabilities to solve these mysteries. The characters of Holmes and Dupin would prompt the use of deductive methods not only in the profession of solving crimes, but in the medical field as well. The unbiased approach that each sleuth takes towards his case allows them to sift through the frivolous details of the crimes that they are attempting to solve and allows them to narrow the range of facts under examination until only the…show more content…
Neither sleuth is well off, nor do they show any aspirations of living an affluent life. It appears as though each character is so absorbed with their work that they deem it unnecessary to concern themselves with worldly possessions. One might even call them reclusive. The narrator of The Murders in the Rue Morgue states that Dupin, “was of an excellent, indeed of an illustrious family, but, by a variety of untoward events, had been reduced to such poverty that the energy of his character succumbed beneath it, and he ceased to bestir himself in the world, or to care for the retrieval of his fortunes” (199). Holmes impartial views toward his social status can be seem when John Watson is describing his first week of living with Holmes in A Study in Scarlet when he describes Holmes as having, “many acquaintances, and those in the most different classes of society” (11). Neither sleuth shows concern for how they are perceived by society; instead, they are willing to cohort with people of all different walks of life if it will assist in their

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